Tuesday, December 3, 2013

Black Lodge Coffee

20+ years ago, growing up wrapped in the relative safety of conservative middle class america, it is easy to say that the imagery and ideas of Twin Peaks forever changed me. Weird, dreamlike half memories embedded deep in my temporal lobe surfaced as the years went on. Now, as an adult, watching the series is powerful nostalgia but it has so much deeper, intangible value for me as a really beautiful, inspiring story that was unafraid to encompass the whole spectrum of light and dark. Wonderful writing, characters, photography and compositions(Angelo Badalamenti is incredible).... I hate to try rationalizing the appeal and my attraction to the story for fear of that beautiful, eerie fog lifting.

So instead, here is "The Black Lodge" tribute to Twin Peaks. Mr. Lynch, Mr. Frost, if you're reading this, please continue the series. And I'll sell all my possessions to come work for you (hire me).

  +PLUS+ two current w.i.ps.

Wednesday, October 2, 2013

RCCC Recap + New Stuff

 Comicon was awesome. 

It's been more than a week since it all happened, but I had to just say it. After a lot of agonizing anticipation about my prints and generally everything, it was just totally amazing to see and hear people appreciating my work. I was absolutely flattered by all the comments and compliments and interpretations. It was such a huge moment for me and some needed validation that I can really do this.

A very special thanks to all of you who purchased prints and contributed! It really means so much.

And just to remind anyone who discussed commissioned work with me at the convention, you can send me an email anytime at RyanChristensenDigital@gmail.com
© Ryan Christensen 2013

..and these are just a couple rough ideas i've been working with. Really thinking more about sequential work. Putting together an IP.

Thursday, September 19, 2013

Rose City Comicon

© Ryan Christensen 2013
Comicon. It's a thing I've held mixed preconceptions of for a long time. But now I'm setting them aside to prepare for what promises to be an intense weekend of first hand experience.

I recently, spontaneously decided to apply for an exhibition booth at the convention. Taking leave of all inhibition and good sense I leapt at the opportunity to show my work in such a prolific artistic environment. Through several fortuitous twists of fate I managed to get a booth.

I've never attended Comicon before, so I'm not totally sure what to expect, outside of lots of scary costumes, pop culture fanfare and something like 60,000 people milling around gaping at things(am I close?).

I've managed to get some prints of my latest pieces, designed some business cards, begged a few artists to get input on convention survival, ect. But the main point of this expedition is making contacts. I want to meet some local artists doing similar work, potential clients and (crosses fingers) job opportunities. 

SO... here goes everything. Come say hi if you're around! BOOTH .308

Friday, August 9, 2013

One foot in front of the other.

Well, I've moved to Oregon.

It has been a huge ordeal, but I'm excited to be out here. Following my instincts and taking risks. This was the next big, inevitable step in my life.

The idea of being near the ocean has always appealed to me, but maybe even more than that I needed to feel like I was taking real action to put myself and my artwork out there.. and Portland just felt right. I don't know if it's intuition or just wishful thinking, but I've already had several very affirming moments over the course of the move that suggest I am heading in the right direction.

Still looking for some illustration or concept work, though, so keep your fingers crossed for me. Or, if you're reading this and are in talent acquisition, you could just hire me! That would be great! :D

Anyway, here is a newer personal project I'm working on. A tribute to my dearly missed 1979 CB750F that was grudgingly sold so I could afford the move out here.

Keep swimming.